The Traditional Trades
Throughout western New York
To rehabilitate a historic building correctly, you need a professional trained in the appropriate skills, such as carpentry, masonry, stained/decorative glass, painting, roof repair, metalwork, and window restoration. While there are veteran practitioners of the traditional trades in our region, many of them are approaching retirement. Without a new generation of craftspeople to take over, we are approaching a crisis level of diminishing resources and knowledge to care for our historic resources. Rehabilitation of historic buildings has increased exponentially during the past several decades, providing employment opportunities for craftspeople who are trained in these specific skills. Other communities have developed trade schools and preservation skills programs to begin addressing the problem. This impending crisis represents an opportunity to provide marketable skills and employment to young men and women here in western New York as well.